There is no need to destroy a vintage radio when fitting Bluetooth!
My passion for repairing and restoring vintage valve radios spans over fifty years. In the old days, these radios weren’t classed as vintage. Parts were freely available and the radios were relatively straight forward to repair. However, things have changed.
Sadly, with the passing of time, some radios are now beyond redemption. This is often down to rust and corrosion which is the result of the radio being stored in a damp environment, such as a garden shed. Some radios have suffered major component failures, such as transformers, which are no longer available. Some have missing parts which can’t be replaced. Whatever the reason, the future of a cherished radio can appear gloomy.
One option is to find an identical radio to rob for parts. However, the chances of finding another radio are slim. Even if a suitable radio could be found, it would mean scrapping the donor radio. In my opinion, scrapping any vintage radio is sacrilege. So, does the radio end up at the rubbish dump? Perish the thought! Fortunately, there is another option.
There’s some controversy about fitting Bluetooth technology to a vintage radio. This is understandable because of a popular misconception… the insides of a lovely old radio have to be ripped out in order to add Bluetooth. This is a myth, it’s fake news… there is no need to destroy a vintage radio in order to carry out a Bluetooth conversion. There’s usually plenty of room inside the cabinet to house the Bluetooth electronics. The beauty of this is that the conversion can be reversed at any time, returning the radio to its original state.
I fit Bluetooth technology to vintage radios, but I don’t destroy vintage radios in the process. Also, I won’t mix old and new technologies. In other words. I won’t connect Bluetooth circuitry to high voltage valves.
If you have a vintage valve radio which is beyond repair, why not consider the Bluetooth option? Contact me via email, by phone, or by using the form below, and we’ll take it from there.